Bankademia - a Dialogue on Research, between the Finance Industry and Academia 20.-21. Mai'2019

20.05.2019, 12:00 Uhr bis 21.05.2019, 16:00 Uhr – Haus der Universität, Bern

The ”Bankademia” workshop was created with the goal of bringing together banks and academia to discuss collaboration between the two sectors. Participants are invited from across Europe, half representing the finance industry and half from academic institutions. The majority of attendees work in areas such as IT risk, cyber-security, online fraud, and investigating cyber-criminal activity. The workshop focuses on understanding the current challenges and opportunities for joint research projects and education between banks and universities.


  • Startdatum 20.05.2019, 12:00 Uhr
  • Enddatum 21.05.2019, 16:00 Uhr
  • Ort Haus der Universität, Bern

The event has a number of goals:

  • Communicate research needs of the finance industry to academia 
  • Communicate research capabilities of academia to the finance industry 
  • Build personal relationships between FI and EDU attendees 
  • Discuss case studies (success and failure) of past FI/EDU research projects 
  • Discuss potential research areas with mutual benefit to FI and EDU 
  • Identify funding and research models that are compatible with both groups


The discussion focus of this workshop is on finance industry specific issues related to security and criminal activity in modern society. High level discussions of research areas of interest to the finance sector may include:

  • Phishing, vishing, smishing, twishing, etc. 
  • Targeted banking malware against retail clients 
  • Targeted malware against core banking/payment systems (SWIFT, etc.) 
  • Business email compromise (BEC) 
  • Advanced social engineering to induce fraudulent payments 
  • Fraud against mobile and peer-to-peer payment systems 
  • Potential fraud with virtual currencies (bitcoin, etc.)
  • Data theft of confidential bank data
  • Attacks to ATM and POS devices 
  • New methods of credit card theft and fraud 
  • New methods of money laundering and anonymization 
  • New forms of fraud or criminal activity specifically targeting banks 
  • Potential security issues involving blockchain technologies 
  • Future threats to the finance industry related to quantum computing 
  • The use of artificial intelligence to commit crime, detect crime 
  • Finance industry specific investigative techniques and forensic methods

Any topic related to finance industry security, fraud, or crime can be raised for discussion to develop an understanding of the finance industry’s research needs. The size of the event is being kept small and by invitation only.